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From Tel Aviv: Masada, Ein Gedi and Dead Sea Guided Tour

1. From Tel Aviv: Masada, Ein Gedi and Dead Sea Guided Tour

At 6:30 AM depart Tel Aviv. Be driven through the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea region, the lowest on earth. Heading south alongside the Dead Sea, reach the foot of Mount Masada, the ancient fortress which was constructed in Roman times and is famous as the location of an iconic story of heroism. At 9:00 AM ascend Masada by cable car and explore the site. At 11:00 AM continue to Ein Gedi, a beautiful nature reserve and oasis where you will have a chance to take a short hike or walk through the cooling and beautiful surroundings. After Ein Gedi, continue to the Dead Sea where you will access a private beach and have a chance to float in the famous waters and immerse in the mud's that are so famous all around the world.  Return to your hotel in Tel Aviv at 5:30 PM.

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Eilat Mountains: Sunset Jeep Adventure to Mount Joash

2. Eilat Mountains: Sunset Jeep Adventure to Mount Joash

After pickup from your hotel, head to the jeep gathering point. From this point you'll ascend through the wadi along Nahal Solomon, Rehoboam Nahal, Jehoshaphat Nahal up to 725 meters above sea level on the way to Mount Joash. At a few stopping points, your guide will share stories about the history of the area.  You'll also stop for a little picnic with pita bread with local labane cheese and a cup of herbal tea, before continuing up to the last point of your trip. From this observation point you'll be able to see four countries, Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. After visiting Mount Joash you'll head back to your hotel.

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Eilat: 2-Hour Glass-Bottom Boat Tour

3. Eilat: 2-Hour Glass-Bottom Boat Tour

Discover the underwater world of the Red Sea without getting your feet wet with this glass-bottom boat tour. Departing from Hananya Beach, travel in the comfort of a boat with all of the luxuries including shaded seating, a snack bar, and sun deck. Spot an array of underwater life such as different species of fish and coral.  Sail along the Gulf of Eilat in a 3-deck ship, with the lower deck located 2 meters underwater for optimal viewing. During your tour, see sights such as the Eilat Coral Reserve, the military port, and the Jordan border. Benefit from an informative commentary from the ship's captain along the way.

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From Tel Aviv: Masada & Dead Sea Full Day Tour with Pick Up

4. From Tel Aviv: Masada & Dead Sea Full Day Tour with Pick Up

This full day tour from Tel Aviv takes you to the Judean Hills and the shores of the Dead Sea, and to the site of one of the most remarkable stories in Jewish history. Perched on a high plateau, the ancient fortified palace of Masada became a refuge for Zealots who took a stand against the Romans, until the mass suicide of the zealots in 73 AD. The ruins sit precariously on a plateau some 1,300 feet above sea level and measure 2,000-foot long by 1,000-foot wide. They boast extraordinary views of the Dead Sea and the Judean Desert. It is an exhausting climb, but we will ascend by cable car to make life easier! Explore the fortress built by King Herod in around 37 BC. Visit the remains of the palaces and see mosaic floors, Roman baths and other findings. Masada was also home to the oldest synagogue in Israel, but one of the most remarkable features are the 12 water cisterns, each with a capacity of up to 140,000 cubic feet. Following the tour of Masada you will drive to the Dead Sea Mineral Beach. Located in the Jordan Rift Valley, between Jordan and the West Bank, it is the lowest place on earth and its high density of salt makes for a unique experience as you float on the beautiful aquamarine surface. Take a mud-bath and benefit from the therapeutic qualities of the natural Dead Sea mud. You will then drive back to Tel Aviv, with an on route view of the Qumeran cave, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.

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Masada & Dead Sea Tour: Full-Day from Jerusalem

5. Masada & Dead Sea Tour: Full-Day from Jerusalem

Start the day with pick-up from your hotel in Jerusalem and head to the Dead Sea, via the Judean hills. Your drive continues from there along the shores of the Dead Sea, to the desert fortress of Masada. Arrive at Masada, where your guide will tell you about the heroic story of the Jewish fighters. You’ll ascend Masada by cable car and then tour the mountain fortress that was built by King Herod. This is the spot where the Zealots of the 1st century made their last stand against the Roman troops. You’ll explore the site to see the remains of the walls, palaces, synagogue, water cisterns, mosaic floors and Roman baths. When you've completed this part of the tour, descend Masada by cable car. Your next destination is the Dead Sea. Its shores are the lowest point on dry land on earth! You’ll have the opportunity to float and swim in the Dead Sea waters that many believe have special therapeutic effects. Please note: from 17th to 23rd January 2019, the visit to Massasa will be replaced by a visit to Qumeran and Ein Gedi nature reserve.

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Eilat: Camel Safari with Bedouin Meal

6. Eilat: Camel Safari with Bedouin Meal

On arrival at the camel farm, receive a safety briefing and instructions for riding a trusty desert steed. Then, climb up onto your camel and enjoy a ride across the sandy terrain consisting of a circular ride through the beautiful desert landscape of the Eilat Mountains Reserve. Learn how to master the rolling gait and enjoy the views from your elevated perch. After your roughly 1.5 hour ride, return to the camel farm and enjoy a Bedouin tea, made with mint-flavored habak. Sip on the refreshing brew and relax as you chat over your camel ride adventures then sit down to a delicious Bedouin sit-meal. Traditional Bedouin meals usually consist of small plates of food shared between everyone, so expect to dig into tasty dishes such as fluffy Bedouin flatbreads (Bedouin pita made on the spot), labneh cheese, olives and tea brewed from desert plants, unique to Eilat. As you eat, absorb the torchlit setting and desert surroundings - it’s a magical experience!

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From Jerusalem: Masada, Ein Gedi, Dead Sea Guided Tour

7. From Jerusalem: Masada, Ein Gedi, Dead Sea Guided Tour

Begin your full-day excursion with a drive through the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea region. Stop at the foot of Mount Masada, the ancient fortress constructed in Roman times. Ascend Masada by cable car, for an additional fee and explore the site at your own pace. Continue to Ein Gedi, a nature reserve and oasis where you can enjoy a short hike. Next on the itinerary is a visit to the Dead Sea and a private beach and spa. Float in the healing waters and immerse yourself in the therapeutic mud.

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From Tel Aviv: Masada & the Dead Sea Small Group Day Trip

8. From Tel Aviv: Masada & the Dead Sea Small Group Day Trip

On this full-day tour to the Judean desert and the shores of the Dead Sea including Masada, the site of one of the most remarkable stories in Jewish history. Perched on a high plateau, the ancient fortified palace of Masada became a refuge for Zealots who took a stand against the Romans, until the mass suicide of the Zealots in 73 AD. The ruins sit precariously on a plateau some 1,300 feet above sea level and measure 2,000 foot long by 1,000 foot wide. They boast extraordinary views of the Dead Sea and the Judean Desert. It is an exhausting climb, but you will ascend by cable car to make life easier. Explore the fortress built by King Herod in around 37 BC. Visit the remains of the palaces and see mosaic floors, Roman baths and other findings. Masada was also home to the oldest synagogue in Israel, but one of the most remarkable features are the 12 water cisterns, each with a capacity of up to 140,000 cubic feet. Following the tour of Masada, you will drive to the Dead Sea Mineral Beach. Located in the Jordan Rift Valley, between Jordan and the West Bank, it is the lowest place on earth and its high density of salt makes for a unique experience as you float on the beautiful aquamarine surface. Take a mud bath and benefit from the therapeutic qualities of the natural Dead Sea mud. You will then drive back to the hotel in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv with an en route view of the Qumran cave, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.

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Eliat: Introduction to Scuba Diving

9. Eliat: Introduction to Scuba Diving

Experience a perfect trial for those who aren’t sure if they’d like to scuba dive or not. Choose from a 25 or 40-minute dive for a taste of the scuba diving experience. After arriving at the dive center, fill out a brief medical form and get a thorough briefing on the equipment you’ll be using. After a transfer to the dive site, you’ll be off and running on your diving experience. The dive begins with a 10-15 minute briefing by an experienced instructor in Russian, English, or Hebrew. Then, on the level that allows your head to stay above the surface, go through a few tasks designed to make you feel confident in the water and with the scuba equipment. After that, proceed to actual trial scuba diving. Your instructor will confidently lead you to the magical underwater world of bright coral and colorful fish, always next to you to assure your safety. After the dive, head back to the dive center, ready to take on further scuba adventures.

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Jerusalem: Masada National Park and Dead Sea Excursion

10. Jerusalem: Masada National Park and Dead Sea Excursion

The tour begins with pickup from your hotel and departs Jerusalem via the Judean Hills, heading towards the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth. As you descend below sea level along the route, pass through the Biblical wilderness of the landscape and learn about the history-rich region from your guide. On the way, keep an eye out for the ‘Inn of the Good Samaritan’ and stop on route to admire the desert that stretches out before you and marvel at the ancient city of Jericho that can be seen in the distance. Upon arrival at the shores of the Dead Sea, notice the salt encrusted shores and follow the coastline towards Masada. Although it's impossible to climb the Snake Path up to Masada as the Romans did 2000 years ago, there is a convenient cable car to the top of the mountain plateau. Learn about how King Herod built a fortified palace here, with a swimming pool and even a synagogue. Head back down to the Dead Sea and pass the desert oasis of Ein Gedi, home to lush foliage and gorgeous waterfalls and the place where David hid from angry King Saul. The tour will also pass by Qumran, where the 2000-year-old Dead Sea scrolls were discovered in a number of hillside caves. The tour ends at the Dead Sea, which was once a contender for a title of the Seven Wonders of the World. Enjoy a swim in the sea, which is world-famous for its therapeutic mineral-rich waters, and float around as you relax after a busy day of sightseeing.

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based on 2,794 reviews

We had a very nice and exciting jeep adventure with Alexander. We completely recommend this experience. The landscape in the desert is amazing and bread taking. Just go for it you won't regret it.

We went with a large group of 33. The booking people made sure we were all on the same boat. Great info to know is that the boat has bathrooms and snacks on board. Must have cash for the snacks.

This was well run and a perfect way to end the day in Eilat. The boat was clean, people were friendly and the snorkeling and paddle boards were in good condition.

Itamar was by far one of the best tour guides I’ve ever met. He is very knowledgable and flexible. Not a standard tour… great experience

We had great experience in Eilat with this activity great sailer with us ! So much fun ! I recommend for sure